[TNG] Family

[TNG] Season 4, Episode 2: Family

FamilyRating: 3

 

Some people might find this episode boring, since it’s just a few of the characters hanging out with family members, but it was very well done. The writers/producers seem to have a really good grasp of the characters in Family. After an incident on the scale of The Best of Both Worlds, it’s nice to have an epilogue episode, which adds increased gravity to what took place and deepens our understanding of Picard (and to some extent Worf, Beverly and Wesley). I wish that TNG had this kind of confidence in its ability to explore characters more regularly, without having to string the plot together with an episodic, overtly sci-fi plot.

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Notes:

Enterprise needs some repairs after the encounter with the Borg, so they're taking a break on Earth

Enterprise needs some repairs after the encounter with the Borg, so they’re taking a break on Earth.

Worf's parents come to visit

Worf’s parents come to visit, and they annoy him in typical parent fashion.

Picard goes to his home village in France, so naturally his family speak with a British accent

Picard goes to his home village in France, so naturally his family speaks with a British accent.

Picard's brother is some kind of Amish guy or something. He doesn't like technology very much

Picard’s brother is some kind of Amish guy or something. He doesn’t like technology very much.

Picard meets up with a friend that's helping to build  a city under water. Picard considers joining him. Kind of

Picard meets up with a friend that’s helping to build a city under water. Picard considers joining him. Kind of.

Beverly finds a recording that her late husband made for Wesley.

Beverly finds a recording that her late husband made for Wesley.

Worf's parents are concerned about Worf's dishonor business

Worf’s parents are concerned about Worf’s dishonor business.

The Picard brothers have a little bit to drink

The Picard brothers have a little bit to drink.

And then they fight!

And then they fight!

Picard's true feelings come out about what happened with him with the Borg

Picard’s true feelings come out about what happened with him with the Borg. He’s bummin’.

Wesley watches the recording of his father

Wesley watches the recording of his father.

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  • brathor1

    I always liked this episode simply because it followed up on the consequences of what Picard was dealing with in the aftermath of his assimilation.